French: Mésange à plumet noir German: Schwarzhäubchenmeise Spanish: Herrerillo crestinegro
Rio Grande, Texas, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
B. a. paloduro
Stevenson, 1940 – S USA (N Texas, SW Oklahoma), also SW Texas (Trans-Pecos) S to N Mexico (extreme E Chihuahua, NW Coahuila).
B. a. sennetti
Ridgway, 1904 – C & S Texas.
B. a. atricristatus
(Cassin, 1850) – S Texas (Rio Grande Valley) and NE Mexico (Nuevo León and Tamaulipas S to N Veracruz; also Sierra de los Tuxtlas in SE Veracruz)#R.
14·5–15 cm; 15·5–20·9 g. Large, fairly long-tailed tit with black pointed crest and grey upperparts. Male nominate race has forehead whitish... read more
Calls include thin and somewhat explosive “tsit” or “tseet” as contact, sibilant “si-si-tchay-tchay... read more
Mainly lowland dry forest, particularly mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) and scrub, including... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly small invertebrates and larvae, principally insects and spiders (Araneae); also some fruit, mainly berries, and during non-... read more
Season late Feb to early Jun. Nest, usually built entirely by female, mostly of moss, grass, lichens, leaves, bark strips, animal hair and... read more
Mainly resident; occasional short-distance movements both to higher and to lower elevations in non-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; uncommon in S parts of range in Mexico.
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